Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Madrid, September 21 (EFE).- The meeting between CGPJ members who discussed the appointment of two constitutional magistrates ended again without an agreement and without a date for the third meeting, when a plenary session was held on the 29th. Coincides with a visit to Spain by the Justice Commissioner, Didier Reynders.

The meeting ended, as expected, without an agreement, because although the progressives put the names of nine candidates on the table, the conservative sector insisted that it still could not find Supreme Court justices willing to run, according to sources in the conservative bloc.

And all this is happening without the “possibility” of setting a new date for the resumption of talks, if that happens, another problem that has further inflamed the talks because of the difference in terms of timing.

Progressives are not to blame for the delay in negotiations

From the progressive ranks they expressed their desire to “reach such an agreement as soon as possible” and “always before the plenary session on 29 September”.

“We have put on record that we are not responsible for the delay in the appointment of magistrates for the Constitutional Court,” noted the progressive interlocutor at the negotiating table.

All this because the conservatives plan to meet, but among themselves, the day before the plenary session, although the progressives do not expect action because they assure that the other party has sent to them that they do not consider that the appointment should take place. In plenary session.

Reynders is falling and there will be no deal to renew TC

This plenary session will take place when the Chief Justice of the EC arrives in Spain, who will meet that day with the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaos, the Chief Justice, Pilar Lope, as well as the Popular Party. Already on Friday the 30th he will have a meeting with the president of the CGPJ, Carlos Lesmes

Reinders’ trip is not intended to be complimentary, but quite the opposite, since this Tuesday he confirmed that he will address the Council’s blockade with the aim of “entering into a dialogue, not only to discuss, but to communicate”. , to mediate between the parties to resume negotiations for renewal.

File photo of European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders. EFE/EPA/Julian Wernand

The commissioner’s visit comes days after the Vice President for Values ​​and Transparency, Vera Jurova, sent a letter to Lesmes supporting her speech at the opening of the judicial year, which made clear the “urgency and absolute priority” of the renewal. The Council and later, will discuss the reform of the CGPJ.

Not only are there inconsistencies and problems with timing, but also with names, as has been the case since the beginning of the discussion.

Conservatives insist: We do not have a constitutional candidate

Conservative Bloc sources defend that “they have not received any official or unofficial candidacy within the group, only a brief, informal and initial contact maintained by any single person with members on a personal basis.”

However, among the many magistrates surveyed by Carlos Lesmes, president of the General Council of the Judiciary, several were considered conservatives who would have approved the president’s use of his name in the search for a unanimous candidacy, as Efe has learned.

Among them are Diego Córdoba, Antonio Semper and Rafael Fernández Valverde, who retired from the Supreme Court a few months ago and left this same council, of which he was a member at the proposal of the PP. Moreover, he himself, according to the sources consulted, has communicated his wishes to all members, although for now he is present only in the list published by the Progressives.

Archive image of the exterior of the headquarters of the General Council of the Judiciary in Madrid. EFE / Rodrigo Jimenez

Likewise, legal sources explain to Efe that traditionally members address the magistrates of the Supreme Court asking their possibility to run for constitutional positions and not the other way around, as reported by conservatives.

At the moment, only the list provided by the Progressives is on the table, including five judges considered to have progressive tendencies: Jacobo Barza de Quiroga, Ángeles Huet, Pablo Lucas, Eduardo Espin and José Manuel Bandres, who are considered the first candidates of the Progressives, according to EFE sources. close ones

However, in addition, they added Isabel Parello, Maria Luisa Segoviano, Rosa Maria Viroles and Rafael Fernández Valverde. “They have the name but they don’t want it”, they affirmed to Ife from the progressives.

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